We're throwing it back to the turn of the millennium with this one. This album also happens to contain one of the best instrumentalists in the world, the artist with the 4th most Grammy Award wins of all time, and perhaps one of the sadder songs you'll ever hear. Oh, and a song about a fox eating chickens. All of that and it's just Wednesday?!? Nickel Creek's debut album features renowned mandolinist Chris Thile and Grammy Award-winning singer and producer Allison Krauss. Although the album is firmly progressive-bluegrass, it also features elements of rock, jazz, and even classical music (a favorite of Thile's). If you're looking for a new musical style that's still easily digestible thanks to crystal clear vocals, potent lyrics, and smooth harmonies, then Nickel Creek (not to be confused with Nickleback) is the new album for you to try today. Oh, and make sure you grab the tissue box for The Lighthouse's Tale. It's as sad as The Fox is fun and lighthearted.
What's up with the mandolin, anyways? This tiny 8-stringed guitar looking instrument is prominent on this album and on all of Thile's music. It's discernable because of its high-pitched twangy sound as it shifts quickly from note to note. I've always thought a tiny human would be great at playing such a tiny instrument but Thile proves that humans of all sizes are qualified to strum such an instrument. Who better to explain the quirks of playing the mandolin than the mandolin maestro himself!
Release date: March 21st, 2020
Similar artist(s): Allison Krauss, Chris Thile, The Infamous Stringdusters
Top tracks: The Lighthouse's Tale, The Fox, When You Come Back Down